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The Honorable Blondell Reynolds Brown

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
For Work: Shoot For The Moon And If By Chance You Trip And Fall You'll Catch A Star. For Family: You Reap What You Sow.

Birthplace

Born:
10/10/1952
Birth Location:
Sumter, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
For Work: Shoot For The Moon And If By Chance You Trip And Fall You'll Catch A Star. For Family: You Reap What You Sow.

Birthplace

Born:
10/10/1952
Birth Location:
Sumter
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Biography

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown was the oldest of seven children. She was born on the 10th of October 1952 in Sumter, South Carolina. Her mother, Sadie, taught school and her father, Whittimore Reynolds, worked in construction. Blondell Reynolds Brown is not only a political leader, she is also an educator and community activist.

Four years after graduating from the Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1970, Brown (then Reynolds) obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Penn State University. In 1975, she earned a master's degree in education, having focused on counseling and guidance. That year, Brown began teaching at the elementary level in Philadelphia's public schools. Brown has served children, adolescents and young adults throughout her career. This work has included counseling juvenile delinquents in Pennsylvania's family court unit; supervising summer youth programs in the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center; and recruiting students for Pennsylvania State University. At the same time, Brown became politically active. She served as a committee person for the 24th Ward, Third Division from 1982 to 1986 and attended the Democratic National Convention as a delegate in 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000. In 1991, Brown achieved her first full-time job in politics when Senator Chaka Fattah hired her as his legislative director. Brown served as community affairs director for State Senator Vincent Hughes before campaigning in 1999 and winning a seat on the Philadelphia City Council.

Brown has participated in such programs as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative, which aims to institute systemic policy changes for children and youth nationally. Her signature program, held annually in March, is called "Women Making a Difference Celebration." Brown advocates for arts education and has taught weekly dance classes to children for over twenty years and previously served as a board member of Phildanco, a professional dance company. The boards of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the National Abortion Rights Action League, the Wellness Center and Presbyterian Hospital have also benefited from her leadership. Blondell Reynolds Brown married Howard Brown in 1994.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Blondell Reynolds Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Blondell Reynolds Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her parents' educational backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her childhood neighborhoods in North and Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about the burden of being the oldest child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about attending Morton McMichael Elementary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her experiences attending Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her extracurricular activities as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her experiences attending Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about attending graduate school at Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about the teachers and professors who influenced her from elementary school to college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about running for treasurer at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her involvement in the black student movement at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about being involved with the Black Cultural Festival and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about the Paul Robeson Cultural Center on the campus of Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her regret at not having attended law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes how she began working as a legislative aide on the Senate Education Committee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes running for public office for the first time in 1995
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes being elected as a City of Philadelphia Councilwoman in 1999
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes the governmental structure of the State of Philadelphia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Blondell Reynolds Brown compares being a staff member for an elected official and being an elected official
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about Frank Rizzo, Sr. and Frank Rizzo, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes the challenges she faced as a City Councilwoman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about the compromise needed for passage of legislation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about keeping her constituents informed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Blondell Reynolds Brown notes the significance of her election as a Councilwoman for the City of Philadelphia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her greatest triumph as a City of Philadelphia Councilwoman, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her greatest triumph as a City of Philadelphia Councilwoman, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes not having to focus on neighborhood issues as an at-large City Councilwoman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about chairing the Committee on Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs for the Philadelphia City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about being a professional dancer with the Philadelphia Dance Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about dancing in the show "Hello Broadway" in Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1980 to 1981
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her public policy work as Chair of the Committee on Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her public policy work as Chair of the Committee on Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about culture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes her signature event, "Women Making a Difference"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Blondell Reynolds Brown shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about her plan to write children's books and her daughter, Brielle Autumn Brown
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Blondell Reynolds Brown describes how her mother perceives her success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Blondell Reynolds Brown talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Blondell Reynolds Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Blondell Reynolds Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Blondell Reynolds Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Blondell Reynolds Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 4
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Blondell Reynolds Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 5